Porsche has unveiled the 911 Turbo S, the flagship, non-GT model in the company’s iconic sports car’s range.
Nestled behind the rear wheels is an all-new 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, developing 478kW of power and 800Nm of torque – 51kW and 100Nm (excluding overboost) up over the outgoing 991 model.
Porsche claims the new car will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 2.7 seconds and 0-200km/h in 8.9 seconds, all towards a top speed of 330km/h. Knowing Porsche form, those figures are likely to be conservative.
Unveiled in coupe and convertible forms, all Turbo S models drive all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and rear-biased variable all-wheel-drive system.
Enabling the delivery of all that power are larger turbochargers, redesigned cooling systems, electrically-adjustable wastegate and piezo fuel injection.
The 992-generation Turbo S is 45mm wider up front and 20mm wider at the rear, enabling the fitment of a wider, staggered wheel and tyre package, consisting of 20-inch alloys wrapped in 255/35 treads up front and 21-inch rims with 315/30 rubber at the rear.
Standard performance features include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (adaptive dampers), rear-wheel steering, limited-slip differentials, beefy carbon-ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers and 10mm-larger brake discs, and adaptive aerodynamics in the form of an extending front splitter and active rear wing, which up downforce by 15 per cent.
Look to the options list and you can spec a variable sports exhaust, 10mm-lower sports suspension and variable steering, among other add-ons.
Visually, the 911 Turbo S can be differentiated from its Carrera siblings via a pair of distinctive side air intakes, rectangular quad tailpipes, revised front fascia, a Turbo-specific ‘whaletail’ spoiler and darkened headlights and taillights.
Inside, there’s a full leather interior with contrast stitching reportedly inspired by the original 911 Turbo, plus a 10.9-inch infotainment display, GT sports steering wheel, digital instrument cluster with central Turbo-badged tachometer and the Sport Chrono package.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S is set to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2020, priced from $473,900 plus on-road costs for the coupe and $494,900 for the Cabriolet. A lesser ‘Turbo’ model with around 440kW is expected to follow in the coming months.